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New Director of Athletics Takes the Lead in East Rockaway

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The district is proud to announce that Mr. Gary Gregory was appointed as the district’s new director of physical education, health and athletics during the August board of education meeting.

Mr. Gregory earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and his Master of Science in Education in physical education curriculum from Queens College. He went on to earn his Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from LIU Post.

He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps working as an avionics technician for a Search and Rescue unit. His teaching career spanned 14 years in the NYC Department of Education where he taught physical education and health, served as a dean of students, and as a building athletic director. Mr. Gregory then led the Mt. Vernon City School District and then most recently served at Roosevelt Union Free School District as a director of physical education, health and athletics. During his time at Roosevelt, he served the district as the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator and supported its re-opening plan. He also brought the pool and aquatics programs back into operation and infused technology into the physical education and athletics programs. In addition, he has coached multiple sports at the modified, junior varsity and varsity levels for the New York City, Valley Stream, Sewanhaka and Jericho school districts. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Queens College.

Mr. Gregory is a member of several associations, including New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, New York State Athletic Administrators Association and National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

He said his goal in East Rockaway is to encourage and support all students to believe in themselves, never settle for less, continue to work hard and realize their true potential. He also plans to work alongside district staff and provide opportunities for them to continue to grow professionally and to further advance programs.